May 4, 2014 12:00pm PDT
vladimir putin and german chancellor angela merkel spoke by phone to stress the need for international action to reduce tensions. pro russian protesters stormed a police station in odessa demanding the release of more than a hundred people detained since friday. deadly clashes friday left more than 40 people dead and more than a hundred injured. kier simmons joins me now on the line from donetsk. some of the people detained have been freed. what can you tell us? >> reporter: that's right. whatever world leaders attempt to do the reality on the ground in ukraine is it's a downward spiral into retribution p continues. tonight we are hearing there are pro government protesters on the streets. what happened earlier as lawlessness breaks down here was a group of pro russians opposed to the pro government protesters that stormed the police station, broke in the door and opened the door to 30 people who were being held there. they have been held there since friday when, as you say, more than 40 of the other protesters died in a blaze in a union build buildi building. appalling scene there is.
May 3, 2014 11:00am PDT
targeted at individuals. on friday, president obama met with german chancellor angela merkel here at the white house, and the two made a pretty big announcement, which is that they had agreed to move forward with sectorial sanctions, if the crisis in ukraine worsens after the may 25th election. so i don't anticipate that we'll see any new sanctions prior to that. then a final decision will be based on what is actually happening in ukraine. this is significant, craig, because the u.s. had wanted to enforce sectorial sanctions, sanctions against the larger sectors of russia's economy. but the u.s.'s european allies had been resistant to do so because their economies are so tightly linked with that of russia. and german chancellor angela merkel was really the lynch pin here. the fact they've agreed to move forward with these sanctions means they are on the same page about something about which they were sharply divided a few days ago. in terms of what those specific sanctions will look like, that remains to be seen. interesting to note, president obama did not mention sanctioning the energy